"Great and unusual sci-fi"

In terms of the universe, perhaps the most unique residents come from the planet Merculian. In every other orb, sentient beings are either male or female. However, Merculian has the distinction of every individual being a hermaphrodite. Merculians contain male and female reproductive organs and can impregnate every other member of the species. Perhaps it is caused by their sexuality, but no other race seems as homogenized as the Merculian race is. To outsiders the entire species acts and behaves the same in a sort of effeminate male type manner.

The Merculian National Dance Company is a nightmare for any other world diplomats under the best of conditions as they tour other planets. Led by Triani, somehow this group lands smack in the middle of a civil war on planet Abulon. To add to the dilemmas of the touring Merculians, one side of the conflict kidnaps Triani's young lover Cham while the other arrests Triani placing the troupe deep inside the conflict.

THE DANCE OF ABULON is a strange science fiction novel that uses the premise of sexual identity to establish a unique species touring the worlds of the more universal two gender creatures. The bias and not so subtle distaste towards the Merculians enable talented Carol Soles to provide an entertaining social commentary though the Abulon politics and civil war provide some action to the mix. Still the tale works because readers believe that the race of Merculians is plausible and the sexual bigotry towards them for their natural make up shows how foolish and defeating intolerance is.

Harriet Klausner /October, 2001 Copyright 2001 for ParaNormal Romance Reviews

Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 26, 2001


The Abulon Dance
by Caro Soles

Burping Frog Publishing
February 1, 2001
ISBN #0968677622
280 pages
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